By Enrique Tessieri
The problem is never the problem. The response to the problem is always the problem.
I read this neat quote at a conference I am attending in Ireland. In my opinion, it could apply perfectly to what is happening in Finland concerning the debate of its ever-growing and present cultural diversity.
The greatest weakness of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party is none other than itself. The recent statement by a PS councilman from Kotka concerning Muslim women reveals that some in this party live in a an opinion bubble that bursts every time they test their views in public.
Quite a few PS party members have ended up with red faces while others have claimed amnesia for their opinions they published many years ago on their blogs. Some of their views on immigration have been so outrageous that they have even had to erase them from their blogs.
One of the great things about democracy is that you have to debate and present your ideas to others. As some anti-immigration PS members have shown, it has been a painful process where they have got their fingers burned.
When it comes to Finland’s cultural diversity and the rights of minorities, some in the PS have proven without a doubt that “the response to the problem is always the problem.